Undergraduate Major Details

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is in the College of Biological Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Arcadia Biosciences
Asian American Center on Disparities Research
California Department of Public Health
Camden Dental Care
Capital Pharmacy Inc
Capitol Periodontal Group
Carepoint Pharmacy
Carmichael Dental
CEA C'E' Florentine Mercy Ambulance Service
Centre for Infectious Disease and Microbiology (CIDM)
Child Family Health International
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Compounding Solutions
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Eagle Drug Pharmacy
El Macero Pharmacy
Eleanor Roosevelt Circle
Eyes on J Optometry
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School
Hahm's Internal Medicine Clinic
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
Kaiser Permanente
Katz and Klein Inc.
Kim Leader Pharmacy
Labella Aesthetic Clinic
Laguna Creek Orthodontics
Laguna Star Family Dental
Molecular Matrix, Inc.
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Dentist Office
Private Optometrist Office
RAND Corporation
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
See Optometric Designs
Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California
Sierra Sunrise Dental
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health / Davis Hospital
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
T&T Dental Lab
Target Pharmacy
The Willow Clinic / Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic
Thomas Dental Care
Trinew Dental Care
UC Davis Clinica Tepati
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy
UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology
UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
UC Davis Health Science
UC Davis Health Sciences
UC Davis Health Services
UC Davis Health System
UC Davis IET - Data Center and Client Services
UC Davis IET - Data Center and Client Services (IET-DCCS)
UC Davis Information and Educational Technology
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis MARBLES Study
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UC Davis Medical Center UCDMC
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine (UCDSOM)
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
UC Davis Student Health Services
UC Davis Student Housing
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UC Department School Of Medicine
UCDHS Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP)
UCDMC - Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Center
UCDMC Accelerated Access Unit
UCDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UCDMC Cardio Thoracic Step Down
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Cast Room
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDMC Hand Therapy
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Operating Room
UCDMC Orthopaedic Clinic
UCDMC Orthotics
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Pediatric Specialty Clinic
UCDMC Pharmacy
UCDMC Radiology Emergency Room and Davis Tower X-Ray
UCDMC Same Day Surgery Center
UCDMC Speech Therapy
UCDMC Transplant Clinic
UCDMC Urgent Care
UCDSOM Department of Neurological Surgery
UCDSOM Department of Neurology
UCDSOM Department of Surgery
UCDSVM Department of Molecular Biosciences
UCDSVM Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Villa Vista Dental
Woodland Chiropractic Clinic
YCOE Head Start / Early Head Start Program

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 240 89 37.1%
2013-14 285 72 25.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 38.8% 32.9% 22.4% 5.9%
2013-14 34.3% 25.4% 34.3% 6.0%
2014-15 45.6% 21.1% 24.6% 8.8%
2015-16 14.7% 21.1% 56.8% 7.4%
2016-17 8.3% 29.2% 37.5% 25.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Anchor Brewers and Distillers Production Assistant
Bay Area Healthcare Center Medical Records Assistant
Bio Tech Biological Lab Aide
Campus Crusade for Christ Accounting Assistant
Cell Marque Biologist
CEP America ED Scribe
East Bay College Fund A/R Associate
Expertise Education Co. Teacher
Kaiser Permanente EKG Tech
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Intern
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Research Assistant
Microclinic International Fellow
Natera Inc. Research Associate
Novozymes Research Assistant
Promolytics Business Analyst
Roche Intern
Stanford University Research Assistant
The Scripps Research Institute Research Intern
Trinchero Family Estates Harvest Lab Technician
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Lab Assistant
Ultimo Software Solutions Software Developer
University of Arizona Research Technician
University of Auckland Research Assistant
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Lab Assistant
University of California, Los Angeles Lab Assistant

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $28,400 $28,000
2013-14 $40,631 $43,000
2014-15 $39,785 $43,000
2015-17 $42,153 $43,000